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It is with great sadness that I have let it be known that -Seamus Heaney,Nobel laureate,poet, translator, and playwright has passed away at the age of 74.The Nobel literature laureate recently suffered from ill health, and was reported to have collapsed earlier this week.
Tributes are pouring in for the 74-year-old, who leaves behind his wife Marie and three children. President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney. The pair have been friends for decades and Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina attended the Nobel Prize winning ceremony in Oslo in 1995. Mr Higgins said the greeted the news this morning with the “greatest sadness”.Mr Higgins, himself a published poet, described Heaney as warm, humourous, caring and courteous. He praised Heaney’s “extraordinary depth and warmth of personality” and his “grace and generosity”. In a statement Mr Higgins said: “As tributes flow in from around the world, as people recall the extraordinary occasions of the readings and the lectures, we in Ireland will once again get a sense of the depth and range of the contribution of Seamus Heaney to our contemporary world. “The presence of Seamus was a warm one, full of humour, care and courtesy – a courtesy that enabled him to carry with such wry Northern Irish dignity so many well-deserved honours from all over the world. “His careful delving, translation and attention to the work of other poets in different languages and often in conditions of unfreedom, meant that he provided them with an audience of a global kind. And we in Ireland gained from his scholarship and the breath of his reference. “Generations of Irish people will have been familiar with Seamus’s poems. Scholars all over the world will have gained from the depth of the critical essays, and so many rights organisations will want to thank him for all the solidarity he gave to the struggles within the republic of conscience.
He was one of Ireland’s best known and best-loved poets, often compared to W.B. Yeats.Beautiful post Catherine Cronin lecturer in Information Technology at NUI Galway here
Heaney had been awarded numerous prizes and received many honours for his work, most notably winning the Nobel prize for literature in 1995 “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”. The writer and lecturer also received the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001), T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and two Whitbread prizes (1996 and 1999). He was both the Harvard and the Oxford Professor of Poetry and was made a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1996.
Many of his works deal with Ireland, particularly the Troubles in Northern Ireland, where he was born. As an Irish Catholic from Derry he came under pressure to takes sides but expressed a reservation to become a spokesperson for the 25 years of violence.
Born April 13, 1939, the oldest of nine children, Heaney first lived at Mossbawn between Castledawson and Toomebridge, Derry in Northern Ireland. In 1953, his family moved to Bellaghy, a few miles away. In 1957, Heaney traveled to Belfast to study English Language and Literature at Queen’s University Belfast. After lecturing for some time at Queen’s University and also at the University of California, Berkeley, he decided to move to Dublin and worked as a teacher at Carysfort College.He lived in Dublin until his death.
sadness I am sad today because Seamus Heaney’ is one of my favorite poets.He had a way with words and a style that could not match any other poet.His great friend Brian Friel will miss him terribly. Heaney’s fellow poet Eavan Boland professor of creative writing at Stanford said that he was an ”an extraordinarily good poet” and said that his death is “a tremendous, tremendous loss.” On the day that this blog was established, the tropical nature of my firist post wasHeaney and Longley read in Galway at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature.I really wanted to go to that public reading so alas i had blog about it from afar as it was sold out. I regret it today on hearing the shocking news today but in hindsite there was nothing i could have done it was booked out for months. Seamus Heaney 1939 – 2013 RIP Seamus Heaney in June at the Kennedy homecoming for JFK50. (Pic: Laura Hutton/ Photocall)
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